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posted Jul 25, 2020, 1:15 PM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak   [ updated Aug 1, 2020, 10:22 AM ]

Nonotina 27th, Year One of the Reign of High King Ran

Fennimore and Perri finish up at The Fiery Stag for the night.
The next day sees Perri in for some more training and Fennimore continuing his search for Dee. Perri finishes up about midday as The King is called away.
Perri Elastime: Hmm, I'm starving.
Perri Elastime goes to the kitchen looking for food and secret passages.
Perri finds here way to the kitchens in the palace though she has no luck finding any secret passages along the way. However, while she is in the kitchens grabbing some food, she catches a hint of the slightest breeze between a couple of cabinets.
Perri Elastime takes a steaming mug over by the cabinets and watches the steam.
The steam from the mug swirls and is carried into the kitchens.
Perri opens the left cabinet and finds stacks of serving dishes and crocks full of utensils.
Perri Elastime closes it and looks in the other.
The cabinet on the right holds jars of preserves of various types. Fruits, various kinds of picked foods, and other things like pig's feet and the like.
Perri looks around the kitchen and finds that there aren't any staff around at the moment, though a cook was leaving when she arrived.
Perri Elastime checks around the outside of the cabinet.
Perri Elastime feels around the edges for a space.
Perri notices a set of parallel grooves in the floor to the right of the right-side cabinet. They are very faint.
Perri Elastime looks for herbs for her tea and something to eat.
Perri Elastime: While she eats, she will try to discover a latch.
Perri finds herbs for her tea and an assortment of pastries, fruits, and sausages on a table and in a cabinet nearby. She goes back over to the grooves in the floor and thinks that some kind of combination of pressing the floor between these grooves will reveal a passage.
Perri Elastime steps between the grooves, "Perhaps it is for the cooks to carry food."
The floor gives between these grooves as Perri steps.
Perri Elastime tries to move the cabinet while stepping.
The cabinet doesn't budge.
Perri Elastime turns in place.
Perri Elastime looks around.
Perri notices a stool with an odd arrangement of legs over at one of the work tables.
Perri Elastime investigates the stool.
The work table seems normal enough but this stool five legs that are arranged so only any two legs line up with each other in an odd five-sided shape.
Perri Elastime sits on the stool.
The stool seems stable enough but only when sitting on it in a particular direction.
The cook that was leaving when you entered returns.
Perri Elastime: Hey Cookie, why does this stool have so many legs?
Perri Elastime: It is not really a comfortable place to sit.
Durvan: Oh, that stool? The court wizard morphed in a fit of pique or so I am told. It is quite tricky now to sit on.
Perri Elastime: Rael's mom?
Durvan: No, no. The archmage that advises The King. Dae'Klyesis never shows a temper. Have you met Master Octavius' mother?
Perri Elastime: No, she has been gone.
Durvan: I had heard this. On a mission with Reggot, I suppose.
Durvan: You may want to clear out of here for now. The staff will be arriving soon to prepare the evening's meal.
Perri Elastime: Have you heard if Fennimore is around? He usually finds me after training.
Durvan: The halfling? Haven't seen him since breakfast.
Perri Elastime: Sure I'll go.
Perri Elastime grabs a few pasteries as she leaves.
As Perri leaves, she notices Duvan rearranging the direction to stool faces and sit on it as he gets to work preparing some vegetables.
Perri Elastime wanders towards Fennimore's room still looking for secret passages.
Perri and Fennimore nearly run into each other as they round a corner.
Perri Elastime: Hey, where have you been?
Fennimore: Hi Perri, where have you been?
Perri Elastime: Kitchens of course.
Fennimore: I was out looking for my friend Dee, then I checked the bailey expecting you to be practicing with the King.
Fennimore: The Kitchen, oooh, what's cooking?
Perri Elastime: They are just getting started for dinner. Cookie just kicked me out but I snagged some pasteries.
Fennimore: Enough to share?
Perri Elastime: Of course.
Fennimore: You're a life saver. I was about to whither away to nothing.
Perri Elastime hands Fennimore two pastries.
Fennimore pats his plump tummy.
Perri Elastime: Hey, that's my line.
Fennimore takes a pastry and starts nibbling at it.
Fennimore (between bites): So, what should we do? Care to see more of "The City?"
Perri Elastime takes a bite out of her pastry.
Rael Octavius walks up.
Perri Elastime: Sure that would be fun.
Fennimore: Hi, Rael.
Perri Elastime: Hi, Rael.
Fennimore: Did your parents return safely?
Rael Octavius: They have been delayed. Have not arrived in South Town yet, apparently.
Rael Octavius: Hey, Fennimore, have you checked on your mother? I hear a quickling went rampaging through one of the markets.
Fennimore: Oh, no I haven't been out to see her in days.
Perri Elastime: That seems strange.
Perri Elastime: We should check on her, Fenn.
Rael Octavius: High King Ran got a message from my folks today but I have not heard the details. I am sure they are fine.
Fennimore: I'm sorry your parents are delayed.
Rael Octavius: Does your mother sell flowers?
Fennimore: Yes, she does, Flora's Fruits and Flowers.
Rael Octavius: Oh, dear. Well, you will be glad that The Iris saved her and the others that were attacked.
Perri Elastime: What?!
Fennimore: The Iris? You mean I owe that troublesome troubador for saving my ma's life now?
Rael Octavius: I believe Munkustrap von Rumm did that.
Fennimore: Munkustrap. Oh, that's a relief.
Perri Elastime: What happened?
Rael Octavius: Apparently one of the Fey assassins got away from the castle after all. Nearly killed three merchants in the market, one being your mother, Fennimore.
Fennimore: Oh dear.
Fennimore: My poor mum is not used to this kind of excitement.
Perri Elastime: She must have been frightened.
Rael Octavius: There are rumors that another one of these quicklings is causing havoc in Star Plaza still.
Perri Elastime: We should bring her something to cheer her up. I'm sure at least one of the vendors was her friend.
Fennimore: Yes, let's go. I wonder what we can bring her.
Rael Octavius: I am sure your presence will be welcome if nothing else.
Perri Elastime: There is another one about? It could hurt other innocents.
Rael Octavius: You would be the one to hunt it down, Perri.
Perri Elastime: We should find it an dispatch it.
Fennimore: We should hunt it down. It's too dangerous for her to hunt on her own.
Perri Elastime: Come on, Fenn.
Rael Octavius: I'm in.
Perri Elastime: Let's go.
Fennimore leads the way out of the castle as quickly as his short legs can carry him.
Perri Elastime: You know I still have no healing potions.
Perri Elastime runs too.
Fennimore: Me either.
Perri Elastime: runs too
The trio make there way towards the market where Flora sells here flowers.
Rael Octavius: There is an apothecary along the way.
Fennimore: Excellent idea. I'll pick up an extra potion for mum.
Perri Elastime: That is a very good idea.
They arrive at the apothecary a few blocks from the castle.
Perri Elastime: I want two potions of healing.
Fennimore: I'll take the rest.
Fennimore: Perri, you keep your two, I'll give one of mine to mum.
Perri Elastime: Okay, I will look for something else.
Perri Elastime: After we take care of the little blighter terrorizing Star Plaza.
Perri Elastime hands over 100 gold
Fennimore pays 275 gold.
The merchant passes over six potion vials, one slightly larger than the others and collects gold from Perri and Fennimore.
Perri Elastime: You ready?
Fennimore: Always.
Fennimore: Rael?
Rael Octavius: Ready.
Perri Elastime: Let's go.
Fennimore: To Flora's we go.
The trio makes it to the market without incident. They find Flora's cart all battened down and secure. Other merchants are hawking their wares. In the northwest corner of the market you notices a sign. It has "Majestic Wares" painted in colorful letters.
Fennimore grimaces.
Fennimore: Thinks to himself, I may have to check that out later on.
Perri Elastime: Your mum must be out of sorts if she is not here.
Fennimore: Let's try at our hole.
Perri Elastime: Lead the way.
Rael Octavius: Lead the way.
Fennimore heads further south into Star Plaza.
Perri Elastime follows watching for trouble.
As the three walk into the more residential area of Star Plaza where Flora's hobbit-hole is, Perri catches a glimpse of swift movement up ahead.
Perri Elastime: I see something.
Perri Elastime: That way.
Perri Elastime points.
Winter Court Quickling races across the street and disappears behind a building.
Fennimore: Let's try to keep together, shall we?
Rael Octavius: Excellent idea.
Rael Octavius: Hang on before you run off.
Fennimore: Be quick. We can't let that thing go rampaging around here.
Rael forms an enboldening bond between Perri and Fennimore.
Fennimore: Ready?
Rael Octavius: Good.
Perri Elastime: Born ready
Fennimore moves up to and hides alongside the building where the quickling disappeared.
Rael Octavius begins to move forward and spots the creature by the side of the house. Launches a bolt of radiant energy hoping the give his companions a better chance of engaging the creature.
The bolt of radiant energy crashes into the creature and it collapses.
Rael Octavius: Oh, that was easier than I expected.
Perri Elastime moves forward stealthily.
Perri Elastime looks around for more danger.
Perri brushes against the bush as she moves up while looking around and some twigs snap off. Having made more noise that expected, she opts to begin a bladesong in case there are others.
Fennimore uses his eye for detail to look for hidden creatures.
Fennimore doesn't detect any other intruders in the area.
Fennimore creeps up to the corner to peek around.
Fennimore sees nothing but the dead quickling around the corner.
Fennimore pokes the dead one to make sure its really dead.
The quickling appears to be very dead.
Fennimore: Rael, was there only one quickling?
Rael Octavius: That is the only one I saw.
Rael Octavius moves up wearily.
Rael Octavius: I don't think there are any more.
Fennimore: Then, let's get back on the road to mum.
Rael Octavius: Anything on it?
Perri Elastime: Let me just look quick from a higher vantage point.
Fennimore searches the quickling while Perri looks around.
Perri Elastime vaults up onto the roof south of her and looks around.
Fennimore finds 24 coppers in a purse on the quickling's belt.
Fennimore: Meh, a few coppers; not much else.
Fennimore: Once upon a time, this would have fed me for days.
Perri has a look around but only spots a couple of commoners walking along the road to the north away from them.
Perri Elastime: I don't see anything of interest.
Perri Elastime jumps down.
Perri Elastime: Let's find your mum.
The trio finally arrive at Flora's hobbit-hole. She is sitting in a chair out front doing flower arrangements.
Flora looks up as you approach.
Flora smiles though is noticably shaken.
Perri Elastime: Lady Flora, you are well?
Fennimore: Mum, are you okay?
Flora: I'll recover.
Perri Elastime: What is the matter?
Rael Octavius noticing Flora is still injured from her encounter, steps up and provides Flora with a healing spell.
Flora: I actually did not see what got me.
Flora: Some creature attacked the market, apparently.
Perri Elastime: Please tell us what happened.
Fennimore: Was it small, quick, and blurry?
Flora: The fine knight that escorted me home described it like that, yes.
Flora: Whatever it was stabbed me in the back.
Fennimore frowns.
Perri Elastime: Oh my!
Perri Elastime: How are you feeling now?
Flora: Much better after your friend here spelled me.
Rael Octavius: Greetings, Lady Flora. I have heard much about you. I am Rael.
Perri Elastime: Here. You sit and rest. I will make you some tea. Perhaps with a bit of fortifying brandy.
Flora: Another kind friend of my son's?
Fennimore: Oh dear, there go my manners again. Mum, this is Rael Octavius, son of the King's Herald.
Flora: Oh, a noble?
Flora: Two in one day.
Perri Elastime: May I enter your home to do that?
Rael Octavius bows.
Rael Octavius: At your service, ma'am.
Flora: Oh, yes my dear, Perri. Of course.
Fennimore: Two? Who would the other be?
Perri Elastime looks at Fennimore all concerned.
Flora: The strapping young knight that escorted me home. Old Deep Bend family, von Rumm, I believe.
Fennimore: Munkustrap von Rumm, of course.
Rael Octavius: Yes, one of the oldest noble families of "The City."
Fennimore: I'm glad you had a knight to get you out of trouble. Maybe, I need to be spending more time with you to protect you.
Perri Elastime turns and enters the hobbit-hole.
Flora: Oh, don't be ridiculous. You are all grown up now. You can't be taking care of me all the time.
Perri Elastime starts making tea. Adds some brandy for fortification.
Fennimore: Well, will you indulge me for a few days at least? I want to be sure there is no more trouble in the market.
Perri Elastime leaves two gold, one electrum, and 20 coper in a cup.
A cloaked figure, quite a distance a way, ducks out of sight as you talk to Flora, but this catches your attention.
Perri Elastime brings tea out to Flora.
Flora: Thank you, my dear.
Perri Elastime: Here you go.
Fennimore -> Rael Octavius: Did you see that?
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: Hey, I think we're being followed again.
Rael Octavius -> Fennimore: Yes. That seemed unusal.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: What? Again? Where?
Rael Octavius points south.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: A cloaked person was trying to hide up there. Rather poorly I might add.
Rael Octavius: That wasn't one of The Knives.
Perri Elastime: That should warm your heart and soothe the shakes.
Fennimore: Mum, I think we should get you inside to drink your tea.
Flora: But it's such a nice day.
Perri Elastime: Yes it is a nice day, but you've had quite a shake up.
Fennimore (holding a hand out and looking to the sky): Yes, it is now, but I feel a change coming on. I think there may be a storm brewing.
Flora looks up at the sky.
Flora: Really?
Perri Elastime looks for others following.
Fennimore: You can trust me.
Rael Octavius: Most definitely, ma'am.
Flora: Oh, very well. Help me get my flowers inside, please.
Perri Elastime: Sure thing.
Fennimore bustles about to get Flora and her flowers into her hobbit-hole.
Perri Elastime picks up some of the flowers to take inside.
Perri Elastime follows Fennimore and Flora.
As you enter the hobbit-hole with everything that needs to come in, you all see a number of thugs emerge from the south.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: We have company.
Fennimore: Yup, definitely something nasty brewing out there.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: I saw three.
Fennimore: One for each of us?
Rael Octavius: Looked more like two each.
Perri Elastime: You saw six?
Fennimore: That evens the odds a little.
Fennimore: Mum, it looks like there is trouble outside. We need to go take care of it. Make sure you and your neighbors are safe.
Rael Octavius: Should we just try to have a conversation with them?
Perri Elastime: Flora, something nasty is going down.
Fennimore: They didn't look like there were in the mood for a chat, did they?
Perri Elastime: No, look ornery to me.
Rael Octavius: I am very good at negotiation.
Perri Elastime locks Flora's door.
Rael Octavius: Wait them out?
Fennimore: Rael, if you want to talk, maybe Perri and I should sneak out the back to get behind them. Just in case your negotiations go astray.
Perri Elastime: You can try talking but...what Fennimore said.
Fennimore: We're not certain they are here for us or mum or one of her neighbors. I don't want them raising a ruckus in this neighborhood.
Perri Elastime: Flora, you lock the door after Rael. Fennimore and I will back him up from out the back.
Perri Elastime: Let's go.
Flora: As you wish.
Fennimore: Follow me.
Rael Octavius: I'll give you a minute to get out back.
Perri Elastime: Like a baby duck.
Perri Elastime follows Fennimmore.
Fennimore leads Perri into the root cellar to the back door.
Fennimore pauses to listen at the door.
Fennimore hears indisinct talk that is at least 15 to 20 feet away to the north.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: Okay, I think we're clear if we're careful.
Perri Elastime: Move quietly.
Fennimore opens the door quietly and sneaks outside.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: All I hear is my heart beating.
Rael Octavius: Make sure you lock this door after me, ma'am.
Rael Octavius steps out the front door.
Perri Elastime sneaks out.
Flora locks the door behind Rael.
Rael Octavius: Greetings my fine men. What may I help you with?
The pair silently emerge from the cellar.
Thug (chuckling): How come we knew you would be the talking sort.
Fennimore listens to Rael's negotiations, waiting to come to his aid.
Rael Octavius: Smart fellows.
Fennimore readies his bow.
Thug: You're one of the King's lackeys, no? We don't like tyrants.
Rael Octavius: Tyrants? I believe you have been misinformed. High King Ran is anything but a tyrant.
Thug: See, boys. Didn't I say that would be the response?
The others around the area laugh.
Rael Octavius: So, I may have heard about you. You are members of the Deep End Rakes if I am not mistaken.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: South or north first.
Rake Thug (grinning learingly): This one has some street knowledge. Probably not a good idea to let him get home.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: Let them make the first move. South is doing the talking. He might be in charge. Let's get him first.
The thugs all draw heavy maces and threaten to advance.
Fennimore scopes out the lead thug and fires an arrow at him before moving up toward the front of the hobbit-hole.
Rake Thug: Arrrrggghh! Get him!
Perri Elastime wards herself with a magical blurring effect and begins a bladesong.
A thug from the north charges up and takes a couple of wild swings at the blurred bladesinger.
Rael Octavius reachs out to each of his friends and they suddenly feel like heroes.
Perri Elastime: Thanks, Rael.
Fennimore: Oh, yeah.
Rael Octavius then prepares to defend himself.
Another thug that was hidden emerges from behind a building and fires his crossbow at Fennimore.
Fennimore: T'is but a scratch.
The bolt strikes Fennimore, but is partially blocked by Rael's spell.
A thug from the north races in to strike at Rael.
The first strike lands, but Rael manages to withstand it and keeps this spell going.
Another thug advances but stops short of entering melee and goes into a defensive stance.
Another thug slides across the road and aims his crossbow at Rael through his compatriots.
Rael is hit hard again, but withstands the jolt.
The leader steps up to Fennimore and attacks.
Both attacks miss the halfling.
Fennimore disengages from the closest Rake.
Fennimore fires another arrow at the leader and hits.
The leader drops unconscious.
Perri Elastime casts a sleep spell over the immediate vacinity before moving to flank one of the Rakes with Rael.
Perri's sleep spell seems to have no effect on any of the thugs.
The thug engaged with the blur tries to follow her and strikes.
Of the two strikes the second one hits, but Perri remains blurred.
Fennimore: Heal thyself, Rael!
Rael Octavius disengages and wards himself from further attention.
The thug that fired at Fennimore loads another bolt and fires at the halfling again.
The bolt hits.
Fennimore: Now you're starting to piss me off.
The thug that Rael escaped turns toward Perri and attacks.
Both swings of his mace miss.
Another Rake charges Fennimore and attacks with his mace.
Swinging twice, the only thing he hits is a planter, which shatters.
Fennimore: Don't you go making a mess o'me Mum's home.
The thug that fired a crossbow at Rael drops his crossbow and tries to hit the blurred bladesinger.
This first strike hits and breaks Perri's concentration.
The second strike also hits.
Fennimore uses his Insightful Fighting against his new foe.
Fennimore drops his bow and draws his rapier.
Fennimore sizes up this new thug, but his rapier slides wildly off the handle of the mace.
But then the blade bends oddly and hits the thug anyway.
Perri Elastime: You smelly dwarf lickers.
As Perri flips over the thugs to escape only one of them manages a swing at her. He misses.
Fennimore: That's the way to do it Perri. Focus our fire.
Perri drops in behind Fennimore's opponent and skewers him.
Rake Thug: Ugh!
Fennimore: You might want to think about running away right about now.
Thugs chase after Perri.
The thug swings and bounces his mace off of a sudden shield that appears between him and his target.
Rael Octavius takes aim at the nearest thug and fires a radiant bolt of energy at him.
The thug lights up like a tree on the Day of Light.
Rael Octavius retreats.
The glowing thug abandons his crossbow and chases after Rael.
Another thug chases after Perri and takes two inaccurate swings.
Fennimore: I told you, you shoulda ran away.
Fennimore's opponent strikes him with his mace once and then misses.
Rake Thug: You're still outnumbered, halfling.
Fennimore: Lotta good that's gonna do you.
Another thug chases after Perri, but can't get close enough to attack.
Fennimore solidly skewers the thug in front of him and he goes crashing to the ground.
Fennimore: Perri, can you get yourself out of there?
Perri Elastime: Maybe? I'll try.
Fennimore: I think it's time we follow Rael's lead.
Fennimore uses his Cunning Action to hide behind the building from the Rakes.
Perri disengages and leaps onto another hobbit-hole.
[TURN] Rake Thug 6
One Rake looks around and only spots one of his comrades engaged with Rael. He wearily moves around the hobbit-hole.
Fennimore skewers the thug as he creeps by.
Rake Thug: Ugh!
Rael Octavius belches forth a cone of fire, engulfing the thug trying to engage him in combat.
Rael Octavius: Damn you to The Hells!
Rael Octavius steps over the burnning body and approaches the remaining thugs.
Rael Octavius: My mother is a half-dragon. Do you know what that makes me? Prepare to be burned!
The two thugs that have a sight of their comrade burning on the ground sprint away.
Fennimore: I'll say it again. I told you, you should have run away.
Fennimore uses his Insightful Fighting again.
Fennimore stabs the thug.
Perri Elastime jumps down from the top of the hobbit-hole and hits the remaining Rake.
Perri hits.
The rapier strike sends the thug sprawling to the ground.
Perri Elastime: Rael, you okay?
Fennimore searches the four dead bodies.
Rael Octavius: No. Seems I'll need to heal myself for a change.
Fennimore: I think we're all a little dinged up. Looks like you took the worst of it.
Perri Elastime drinks a potion of healing, then helps check the bodies.
Rael Octavius casts a heal upon himself.
Perri Elastime looks around for more danger.
Perri Elastime: Did you find anything Fennimore?
The trio finds an assortment of coins on the thugs: 7 gold, 8 electrum, 8 silver and 19 copper. They also each have a mace, heavy crossbows with 10 bolts and leather armor.
Perri Elastime: Are these guys wanted?
Rael Octavius: I think they are members of the Deep Bend Rakes. Some call them freedom figthers, others terrorists.
Fennimore: Freedom fighters? They didn't appear to be to interested in anyone's freedom today.
Perri Elastime: Hmm, they seemed pretty terrifying to me.
Rael Octavius: They are against everything King Ran stands for, whether justified or not.
Rael Octavius: Only because he is an monarch.
Fennimore: Let's get back inside Mum's hole before they return.
Rael Octavius: They must have realized I am from the court and thought it was a chance to hurt the King.
Rael Octavius: I don't think they'll be returning. Direct encounters with nobles that they have usually turn out bad for them. You would think they'd learn.
Perri Elastime: Did you burn up that families garden?
Fennimore: Hopefully we discouraged them from making such a foolish choice again.
Perri Elastime: I have to remember poke and run.
Rael Octavius: No. That one took it full in the face.
Fennimore: Poke, run and hide is a good strategy.
Perri Elastime: Let's see how your mom is fairing.
Fennimore: I'm glad we got her inside.
Rael Octavius: Do we want there gear?
Fennimore: Let's take what we can carry. Maybe we can sell it off.
Rael Octavius (smirking): We could sell it to Majestic Wares.
Perri Elastime: We should take it, probably call the watch too.
Fennimore: Ha ha.
Fennimore knocks on the door.
Fennimore: Mum, it looks like the storm has passed. You can open up now.
The door opens.
Flora: Oh, my. What a mess. Come in, come in.
Perri Elastime walks in carefully.
Rael Octavius: Have the Rakes ever been a problem before, ma'am?
Flora: No. They are the protectors of the common folk.
Fennimore: If it's not too much trouble, I think we should pass the night here. Make sure no one else disturbs the neighborhood.
Rael Octavius: Too many nobles around for their taste today I guess.
Flora: You're perfectly welcome to stay. It might be a little tight, but we'll manage.
Perri Elastime: You are so kind.
Flora smiles.
Flora: I'll get supper started.
Fennimore: Ooh, that sounds great. I'm famished.
Flora: Of course you are, running around like that.
Perri Elastime: Yeah, I always know what time it is around you. Time to eat!
Perri Elastime grins at Fennimore.
The meals and rest are uninterrupted.
Fennimore leaves 10 gold for Flora in her cupboard.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: I need to get some thieves tools.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: I'm sure I know a place to hook you up.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: We have a passage to check out at the castle if we can find a way in.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: I'm sure we can.
Perri Elastime: Shall we sell the unneeded stuff there?
Rael Octavius: We can say hello and see what The Iris is up to.
Fennimore: He will recognize me, but maybe you and Rael can fence our ill gotten goods through him.
Rael Octavius: Majestic knows me too, but there is no enmity between us.
Rael Octavius: He'll probably be enamored with Perri, though.
Fennimore: Brace yourself.
Fennimore: He'll compose an ear rending ballad on the spot for you.
Rael Octavius sniggers.
Perri Elastime: Maybe? He sounds kind of floofty.
Fennimore: I'm sure I don't know floofty, but it probably describes him.
Perri Elastime: Like a dandylion seed here, there, everywhere in your eyes and up your nose. Floofty!
Rael Octavius laughs out loud.
Fennimore belly jiggles as he joins in Rael's laughter.
Rael Octavius: The crazy thing is that court loves that kind of stuff.
Perri Elastime laughs along.
Perri Elastime: I can't imagine why.
Rael Octavius: I have to keep my eyes from rolling. It's nearly impossible sometimes.
Fennimore: The thought of court loving Majestic sobers up Fenn real quick.
Fennimore: Try not to hurt yourself
Rael Octavius: OK, enough about the troublesome troubadour and court.
Fennimore: Agreed.
Rael Octavius (laughing again): Floofty!
Fennimore (sniggering): Floofty.
Fennimore: That's a good one.
Perri Elastime smiles.
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